Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

4 tablespoons salted butter melted

16 ounces cream cheese softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Filling
3 cups chopped strawberries

2 tablespoons lemon juice

½ cup light brown sugar packed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ tablespoons cornstarch

Oatmeal Crumble
1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup light brown sugar packed

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and finely diced

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl and make a small well. Pour the melted butter in the well and mix until evenly combined.

Transfer the crust mixture to the prepared baking pan and gently press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes.

While the crust is baking, beat together the cheesecake ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy and set aside.

Add the strawberries, lemon juice, and vanilla to a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes until the strawberries are bursting and juice has started to form.

In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch. Then stir it into the strawberry mixture and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Once the mixture has thickened and resembles pie filling, remove from heat.

Make the oatmeal crumble by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix the ingredients together, squishing the cubes of butter and creating a coarse crumble.

Pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked crust and spread out evenly. Top the cheesecake mixture with the strawberry sauce. Top the strawberries with the crumble topping.

Bake the cheesecake bars for 50 to 70 minutes, until the top of the crumble is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 to 60 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, before slicing into squares.